Thursday, May 12, 2016

My American Gothic - Thread Art/Colored Pencil

Thanks so much to Alida @ Tweety Loves Quilting for inviting me to join this artsy blog hop.  This has really made me step into something different.  I usually like abstract art.  Anything that is kind of on the odd side, weird, and out there.  However, since I live in the country the first piece of recognizable art that came to my mind was American Gothic by Grant Wood.

Here is the painting.

And here is MY American Gothic!

I believe this is the 4th time I have done a thread art/colored pencil piece.  I really enjoy it and I think I get better each time.  What a neat idea Alida.  Thanks again for inviting me.  If you would like to learn more about the painting see below.  Check out the other sites today that are sharing their Art Quilts!

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Friday, May 13th, 2016

American Gothic is a painting by Grant Wood in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Wood's inspiration came from what is now known as the American Gothic House, and his decision to paint the house along with "the kind of people I fancied should live in that house." The painting shows a farmer standing beside a woman that has been interpreted to be either his wife or his daughter.[1][2] The figures were modeled by Wood's sister, Nan Wood Graham, and Wood and Graham's dentist. The woman is dressed in a colonial print apron evoking 19th-century Americana, and the man is holding a pitchfork. The plants on the porch of the house aremother-in-law's tongue and geranium, which are the same plants as in Wood's 1929 portrait of his mother, Woman with Plants.[3]
It is one of the most familiar images in 20th-century American art, and has been widely parodied in American popular culture.[1]

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Quilt Qwazy Queens

Hi Everyone! First I am sew sorry, my day was supposed to be yesterday.  I was on vacation in the Tennessee mountains and tried to post for over an hour.  I think there was a really slow internet connection at the hotel.  It kept crashing. Now, I am back to civilization.  Time to go back to work too whaaaa. Thanks SO MUCH to Marian at Seamstobesew  for continuing to be our host and bringing us all together.

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When I saw the name of this hop you know I "had" to join.  Heck, I AM "Kwilt Krazy".  I have been quilting for about 4 years. I had a machine that my Mom bought me many years ago.  I tried to sew not knowing what in the world I was doing and kept getting frustrated so I gave up and then it just sat and collected dust.  One day a co-worker was showing me all of her crafty projects and some of them involved sewing.  She inspired me to pull out that old dusty thing and I was determined to learn all about it. I decided to take a quilt class and then I was hooked. I still can't believe all the times, in the beginning that I would look through magazines wishing I could make those beautiful quilts.  Now, I can look through and think "oh I could do that" : )  
Here is a little quilt tour:

My very first quilt. I remember I had no clue how to pick out fabric so I had a lady at the shop pick them out for me.

This is my second quilt.  A lovely lady and now a very dear friend taught me all I know about quilting.  She taught a group of us twice a month and I quilted with them for 2 years.  

Next I decided to join Quilts for Kids.  I love making quilts to give to those in need.  It makes it sew much more worth it. Below is another that I made for orphaned children in Africa.

Here are a couple of my favorite quilts.
Batman for one of my twin granddaughters
below is a quilt that was entered into a quilt guild contest.  The theme was "favorite movies"
See, I am getting more and more I learn more and more.  Sometimes Krazy is a good thing.  I can't believe that I have now made a design that was recently in Quiltmaker 100 blocks.  If interested check out my previous post to see that block design. Lastly I want to show you this sampler quilt that I designed just for this hop.  Since I started my blog I have had this image in my mind of a lady all flustered and Krazy with quilt blocks all around. vision is now a reality.  
 Here are some close up shots of some of the blocks. Now I need a photography class ha ha.
Bear Claw

Rail Fence

Flower Basket

I didn't get my binding finished but I am sew glad I was invited to share this with you.

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March 24

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